Low-cost interventions for promoting forgiveness

Lindsey M. Root, Michael E. McCullough

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It is a truism of social and clinical psychology that norm-violating interpersonal behavior can cause behavioral, psychological, health-related problems for victims. Serious life events caused by other people-violent crime, for example-can of course have long-standing effects, but even less overtly harmful events such as hurt feelings (Leary, Springer, Negel, Ansell, & Evans, 1998), social exclusion (Leary, Cottrell, & Phillips, 2001; Twenge, Catanese, & Baumeister, 2003), and rejection (Nolan, Flynn, & Garber, 2003) can elicit sadness, depression, anger, anxiety, and other negative outcomes. For example, discovering that one's spouse has been sexually unfaithful is associated with a sixfold increase in the likelihood of being diagnosed with a major depressive disorder (Cano & O'Leary, 2000) and being humiliated is associated with a 70% increase in the likelihood of major depressive disorder (Kendler, Hettema, Butera, Gardner, & Prescott, 2003).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLow-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0387368981, 9780387368986
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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